10 Best Costumes from Santarchy 2013 in Scottsdale
Things both naughty and nice were in abundance this past weekend in Scottsdale, including mischievous Santas adorned in bondage gear, impish elves engaging in pranks, and numerous vixens dressed as vampy versions of Mrs. Claus. Such Christmastime characters were a part of the massive and festive menagerie that participated in the annual Santarchy bar crawl that wound its way through Old Town.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman Spreading holiday revelry in Scottsdale during Santarchy 2013, one bar at a time.
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We joined in the mobile holiday costume party as its throng of attendees -- which featured hundreds of celebratory Santas, as well as walking candy canes, gift-wrapped gals, sexy snowbunnies, mischievous gingerbread men, reindeer wrestlers, and other yuletide-inspired outfits -- made its way through such bars as Dos Gringos, The Firehouse, Shotgun Betty's, and Hi Fi in search of drinks and nighttime revelry.
Every single Santarchy participant sported a costume of some fashion, whether it was the traditional grab of Saint Nicholas or otherwise, many of which were quite creative and inspired. And just like Santa himself, we made a list (and checked it twice) of our list of 10 favorite costumes.
A Christmas Story Tribute
It's a safe bet that the tale of Ralphie Parker will be played on television at least once or twice over the next few months. Not that it's a bad thing, since we're longtime fans of the 1983 flick. It's also why we dug this group costume at Santarchy that features Ralphie in his pink bunny costume, a Red Ryder doppelganger, and a human version of the "frah-gee-lay" leg lamp. It was indescribably beautiful.
Speaking of other cinematic holiday favorites, The Nightmare Before Christmas is also another entry on our top 10, which is why we were happy to see Bryan Bingham toddle up to The Firehouse on stilts while dressed as the Sandy Claws version of the Pumpkin King. While he didn't have Sally in tow, Bingham did have his friend Valerie Grubb -- who was also rocking stilts while dressed as a sassy character known as The Bitch -- acting as a sidekick.